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SF comment on new Parades Commission

20 December, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Commenting on the appointment of the new Parades Commission, Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey said it was important that the new group did not repeat the mistakes of the previous commission.

Mr Maskey said:

“By general consensus the last Parades Commission repeatedly made bad decisions and made decisions which caused a significant escalating of tensions in areas like Rasharkin and Ardoyne. The fact the none of the previous commissioners were reappointed speaks volumes of the lack of confidence people had in their work. This new Commission needs to ensure that it does not repeat these mistakes.

“Sinn Féin will be seeking an early meeting with the new Parades Commission to address concerns we have about previous decisions and the mechanism which the Commission went through to reach them. We also need to hear from the new Commission their strategy for resolving contentious parades.

“The Orange Order in particular now also need to reassess their approach to the issue of parading and finally sit down and resolve the very small number of contentious parades which continue to blight the summer months for the communities they seek to march through. The position of refusing to talk to the Commission and refusing g to engage with local nationalist communities is no longer tenable.” ENDS

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